Australia's government drafted new rules requiring service providers, including social media and messaging platforms, to ensure and maintain appropriate user safeguards in relation to encrypted communications, ZDNet reports. Providers will be expected to take reasonable steps to uphold user safety while continually providing technology updates following assessments of safety risks and impacts. Companies will also be asked to ensure strong default privacy and safety settings for children. Violation of the rules could lead to a maximum fine of AU$555,000 from Australia's eSafety Commissioner.
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